This day in history

August 6, 2011

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► Today is Saturday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2011. There are 147 days left in the year. ► Today’s birthdays: Jazz musician Charlie Haden is 74. Actor-director Peter Bonerz is 73. Actress Louise Sorel is 71. Actor Michael Anderson Jr. is 68. Actor Ray Buktenica is 68. Actor Dorian Harewood is 61. Actress Catherine Hicks is 60. Rock singer Pat MacDonald (Timbuk 3) is 59. Country musician Mark DuFresne (Confederate Railroad) is 58. Actress Stepfanie Kramer is 55. Actress Faith Prince is 54. Rhythm-and-blues singer Randy DeBarge is 53. Actor Leland Orser is 51. Country singers Peggy and Patsy Lynn are 47. Basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson is 46. Actor Jeremy Ratchford is 46. Country singer Lisa Stewart is 43. Movie writer-director M. Night Shyamalan is 41. Actress Merrin Dungey is 40. Singer Geri Halliwell is 39. Actor Jason O’Mara is 39. Singer-actor David Campbell is 38. Actress Vera Farmiga is 38. Actress Ever Carradine is 37. Actress Soleil Moon Frye is 35. Actress Melissa George is 35. Rock singer Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) is 30. Rock musician Eric Roberts (Gym Class Heroes) is 27. ► In 1806, the Holy Roman Empire went out of existence as Emperor Francis II abdicated his reign. ► In 1825, Upper Peru became the autonomous republic of Bolivia. ► In 1890, convicted murderer William Kemmler became the first person to be executed in the electric chair as he was put to death at Auburn State Prison in New York. ► In 1911, actress-comedian Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown, N.Y. ► In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, arriving in Kingsdown, England, from France in 14 1/2 hours. ► In 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, resulting in an estimated 140,000 deaths. ► In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov became the second man to orbit Earth as he flew aboard Vostok 2. ► In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. ► In 1978, Pope Paul VI died at Castel Gandolfo at 80. ► In 1986, William J. Schroeder died after living 620 days with the Jarvik 7 artificial heart. ► In 1991, the World Wide Web made its public debut as a means of accessing Web pages over the Internet. TV newsman Harry Reasoner died in Norwalk, Conn., at 68. ► In 2006, oil giant BP announced an indefinite shutdown of the biggest oilfield in the US, at Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, after finding a pipeline leak.

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